ERIC Number: ED344903
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
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Effects of Test Anxiety and Self-Concept on Performance across Curricular Areas.
Williams, Janice E.
This study assessed the influence of test anxiety and self-concept, both independently and in combination, on student test performance across four subject matter areas: (1) English; (2) mathematics; (3) reading; and (4) science. Public high school students (N=217) in northern Oklahoma were administered an American College Testing Program (ACT) assessment, a test anxiety inventory (the worry component of the Test Anxiety Inventory), and a self-concept measure (the Multidimensional Test of Self-Concept). Results indicate that test anxiety and self-concept contribute independently and approximately equally to student academic achievement. In addition, student performance is uniformly affected by test anxiety and self-concept across all four academic areas. These results suggest that successful intervention programs should be oriented toward reducing students' feelings of test anxiety and improving their perceived self-concept. Four tables present study findings, and there is a 37-item list of references. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers: American College Testing Program; Multidimensional Test of Self Concept; Test Anxiety Inventory (Spielberger); Testing Effects